So many classic drinks rely on rum: the piña colada, dark 'n' stormy, mai tai and mojito, just to name a few. And rum doesn't discriminate based on season. Icy daquiris and crowd-pleasing rum punch are perfect for summertime get-togethers, while hot buttered rum can expertly warm you up on a chilly fall or winter night. No matter which rum is your favorite (and there are plenty of varieties), Food & Wine's guide give you tons of ideas for your next cocktail.

Banana-Rum Old-Fashioned

A bold, strong cocktail with both high-proof bourbon and light rum gets a hit of floral sweetness from mellow crème de banane.
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Frozen Curry-Banana Daiquiri

Embrace the curry in this frozen drink from Liam Odien at The Corner Door in Culver City, California; it adds subtle intrigue without going too far into savory territory. Fresh, ripe banana and rum fill out the base notes without getting too sweetly rich. This recipe calls for Atlántico rum, but any rich dark rum will work well—Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva or Bacardí Reserva Ocho are also delicious. Whichever rum you choose, be sure to store it in the freezer to help keep the drink slushy.
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Strawberry-Rum Coolers

The joyful laughter that comes from sitting around the BBQ pit, under the sun, wiping your brow, sipping a refreshing drink is all about the love of food, family and friends, and reverence for the cook. It’s hard not to be dutiful to the person cooking for you, “Is there anything you need?” When I’m the one wearing the cook’s hat, I want something cold, boozy, and delicious. And delicious is what this drink is. It’s the kind of drink that upon first sip seems to stop the sun’s rays in their tracks and makes the breeze feel somehow cooler. That’s called refreshment. Excerpted from Soul by Todd Richards. Copyright © 2018 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Meredith Corporation. New York, NY. All rights reserved.
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Canchánchara Cocktail

Before the mojito or the daiquiri, Cubans drank this Canchánchara Cocktail. Photographer Romulo Yanes shares his father’s favorite recipe, featuring honey, lime, and (what else?) Cuban rum.   Slideshow: More Rum Drink Recipes
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Why Spiced Rum Is Great for Winter

Daiquiris aside, the warm, rich spirit makes for pleasantly warming cocktails.
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8 New-Wave Rums to Try Now

When it’s snowy and sleety outside, you could hop a ship to the Caribbean—or, Ray Isle suggests, just sip one of these new-wave rums from warmer climes.
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More Rum

22 Punch

The orange-cinnamon syrup that sweetens this potent cocktail also is delicious in a mug of tea and over vanilla ice cream. Slideshow: More Punch Recipes
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A Field Guide to Cuban Rum

Even if you can't make it to Cuba yet, now is a great time to start drinking Cuban rum. Here's what to seek out—and how to drink it.